Family-run Mexican restaurant in South Phoenix tops Yelp’s Top 100 Restaurants list


At South Phoenix restaurant Cocina Madrigal, a weekend afternoon on the terrace can attract an eclectic mix of visitors.

Hikers and tourists dig into the cheese pans of Oaxaca’s fundido. Old co-workers trade chisme for prickly pear margaritas while one family’s German Shepherd waits intently for someone to place a tortilla on a table. A man wearing chains and a Dodgers jersey shares the trio of appetizers with his date, who has rosy cheeks and is pregnant.

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If the restaurant isn’t too busy, owner Leo Madrigal might even join his guests for a few minutes, fluttering from table to table.

This week, you might catch him on an episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, as his namesake restaurant was named the number one restaurant on Yelp’s 100 Best Places to Eat of 2022.

How this family restaurant attracts locals and visitors

Since opening in 2018 near the northwest side of 16th Street and Broadway Road, Cocina Madrigal has racked up over 2,300 Yelp reviews, which have been overwhelmingly positive.

The Mexican restaurant, run by members of the Madrigal family, is known for its enchiladas and margaritas. Its proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport attracts foreigners with time off, while neighborhood residents, South Mountain hikers, and workers from nearby businesses also congregate at the restaurant.

Mexico City-born chef Leo Madrigal lives in South Phoenix and worked as a business chef at Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill for over 20 years before opening Cocina Madrigal.

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How a Phoenix restaurant made the most of the Yelp listing

To determine Yelp’s Best Places to Eat in 2022, people could name restaurants. Yelp then analyzed the submissions and organized the list based on ratings, number of reviews, and volume of submissions, taking into account geographic representation.

Yelp announced Jan. 19 that Cocina Madrigal won the top spot, while four other Arizona restaurants and bars also made the list – WoodBarn BBQ at Queen Creek, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlor, CAPS Sports Grill and Wicked Brews. , Bites & Spirits in Phoenix .

Details: Cocina Madrigal Tacos + Tequila, 4044 S. 16th St., Phoenix. 602-243-9000,

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Yelp Names Cocina Madrigal in South Phoenix Top Place to Eat in 2022


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